Cheap camera fun. How $19 put a smile on my face…

Scored a free manual Minolta 50mm f1.7 MD lens as part of a gift and picked up a 135mm f2.8 MD lens (that brought a free vintage hard/zipper case as a bonus from BH Photo Video). The Minolta X-700 with these very good lenses has been great fun, but these lenses have been underutilized because of the whole film development thing. Solution? Have a mirrorless? Score a Minolta MD to mirrorless (Samsung NX in my case) adapter on the interwebs for $19 (Amazon more specifically in this case) and you get this:

Minolta MD to Samsung NX adapter a free to me 50mm f1.7 MD and a well looked after @bhphoto @bhphotovideo 135mm f2.8 MD picked up for peanuts.

Minolta MD to Samsung NX adapter a free to me 50mm f1.7 MD and a well looked after @bhphoto @bhphotovideo 135mm f2.8 MD picked up for peanuts.

You can spend more (up to over $200 in this case), but I cannot work out why just yet. Anyhoo here is a gallery of the first results and I am pleased. -ELW

Venezuela’s Tower of David… I am profoundly dumbstruck.

For many reasons, most of which I cannot specifically grasp but spanning the gamut between sorrow, anger, and joy, I am nearly moved to tears by this story. Nearly. That? Oh, my eyes were sweating. I have no time to entertain judgement, gesturing, or pontificating. This transcends co-opting the struggles of others to bolster ones own agendas. The only clear thoughts I can muster are 1) how amazing the human spirit is and 2) sheer awe at this same spirit’s zealous, unstoppable pursuit of some sense of a prevailing new normal no matter the circumstances. -ELW

More here.

Originally prompted by this story here.